CM, SF dominate wrestling all-star list
Canon-McMillan and South Fayette ruled the mats this wrestling season. So, it comes as no surprise that the Big Macs and Lions dominate the 2013 Almanac All-Star team.
In addition to claiming MVP honors with state champions Connor Schram & Cody Wiercioch (see related article), the Big Macs gained five additional slots on the all-star list.
Solomon Chishko headlines the group. Although he missed the entire dual meet season due to a fractured elbow, the junior garnered his piece of gold. He won a state championship title at 145. A section and district winner as well, Chi- shko finished the year with an undefeated record of 11-0.
Brendan Price, Dalton Macri, Alex Campbell and Angelo Broglia played key roles in CM’s success as a team. The foursome spearheaded the Big Macs to their fourth straight WPIAL team championship and second straight PIAA title. CM has won three straight state team titles during the individual PIAA tournament as well.
Macri secured the silver medal at 120 during the PIAA championships. The junior finished 45-7 overall. A section champion, he was the WPIAL bronze medalist.
With his eighth-place finish, Campbell earned a medal at 220 in the state championships. The senior, who will play football at Colgate, finished 38-10 this season. A section champ, he was also a WPIAL runner-up.
A senior, Broglia was also a section winner and a district runner-up. A PIAA qualifier, he finished 29-9 on the year.
A junior, Price also was a state qualifier. A section champion, he took third in the WPIAL tournament. He finished 38-9 overall.
Meanwhile, for South Fayette, 2013 marked a year of firsts. The Lions won their first section title and advanced to their first WPIAL final. There the Lions lost a thriller to Burrell in the WPIAL Class AA team championship match. They also advanced five wrestlers to the PIAA tournament.
Mike Fetchet spearheaded SF’s success. A senior, he compiled a 127-43 career record. The 170-pound grappler posted a 42-5 mark this winter. A champion in tournaments at Chartiers-Houston, West Mifflin and Allegheny County, Fetchet won a section title. He finished runner-up in the district and the regional.
Bound for Columbia University, Fetchet finished fourth in the PIAA state championships. A standout in football as well as baseball, he led the Lions with 23 falls and 193 points.
Fetchet’s brother, Grant, dominated the 152-pound weight class. The junior ran his career record to 96-40 with a 37-12 season. A PIAA state qualifier, he finished third in the WPIAL and fifth in the regional.
While Brad Haney won 26 matches and qualified for the regional tournament at 182, Jared Walker compiled a 34-9 record at 160. The sophomore won a WPIAL title, took runner-up honors at the regional and finished seventh in the state.
Mike Carr claimed Almanac Rookie of the Year honors for his achievements at 120. Despite missing his eighth grade year because of injuries, the freshman racked up 29 victories. He placed in all the tournaments in which he competed. A sectional and regional champion, Carr earned a berth in the PIAA championships.
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Garrett Vulcano capped an incredible career with an appearance in the Dapper Dan Wrestling Classic as well as the all-time record for victories at Chartiers-Houston with 154 triumphs. The 220-pound grappler posted a 45-3 mark in 2013. He finished as a state runner-up after being crowned champion at the sectional, district and regional levels.
Nick Zanetta also completed his career as a PIAA runner-up. The Keystone Oaks senior posted a 35-5 mark this season. The 132-pound grappler owned a career record of 132-26. The Pitt recruit was a three-time state qualifier, two-time WPIAL runner-up and two-time PIAA second-place finisher.
Paul Dunn finished fifth in the district and second in the sectional. The Bethel Park sophomore compiled a 26-11 record this season at 138.
After Connor Schram, Tyler Buckiso ruled the 126-pound weight class. The Peters Township junior finished the season at 34-5 overall.